ATTR 3309: Therapeutic Modalities
(Lorna Strong)

The purpose of this guide is to introduce you to sources in Cornette Library and on the World Wide Web useful for doing research on therapeutic modalities in athletic training. The list of sources here is not comprehensive but will lead you into your research. As you use these, explore others you find along the way. Ask at the Reference, Periodicals, and Government Documents Desks if you need assistance.

Reference Sources

Reference sources are one of the best places to start your research. Finding background information on a topic can help you prepare to search the Library's online catalog and other resources. The Reference Collection houses basic information sources like dictionaries, encyclopedias, bibliographies, chronologies, and research guides. A selection of Reference tools which you may find useful are listed below. Be sure to check Cornette Library's online catalog or ask a Reference Librarian to find more.

Guides to Research

Introduction to Reference Sources in the Health Sciences
R 118.6 .I58 2004 (Reference)

Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

Encyclopedia of Sports Science
GV 558 .E53 1997 (Reference)
Dictionary of the Sport and Exercise Sciences
GV 558 .D53 1991 (Reference)
Encyclopedia of Weight-Training
GV 546 .W36 1991 (Reference)
Encyclopedia of Psychology
BF 31 .E52 2000 (Reference)
Encyclopedia of Human Biology
QP 11 .E53 1991 (Reference)
CRC Desk Reference for Nutrition
QP 141 .B523 1998 (Reference)
Online Reference Collection



Cornette Library's online catalog
Includes books, government documents, videos, journals, etc. available throughout the Library. Suggested searches include:
  • a keyword search for your subject, such as therapeutic massage
  • the LC subject heading sports injuries - cryotherapy

To determine the most appropriate subject headings for your search, refer to the red Library of Congress Subject Headings near the Reference computers in the Library or search the online Library of Congress Authorities Catalog.

The full-text of over 20,000 books. To find books by subject, use the keywords you developed to search the Library's online catalog or search by subject using the same LC subject headings you used above.
An online catalog for libraries around the world. You'll find books in Cornette Library's collection listed along with many more in other libraries. Search by keyword or browse by subject heading. You may request those books which are not available in the Cornette Library through Interlibrary Loan. Be sure to submit your requests at least two weeks before you will need them.


Journal & Magazine Articles

Cornette Library provides access to a number of online resources for finding journal articles. Some provide the full text of articles, while others may give only the citation and in some cases an abstract or short summary of the article. Some of these resources are general in nature, covering many subject areas. Others focus on particular subject areas or disciplines. When you find articles, evaluate them to make sure you are getting valid information. If you need assistance with searching the resources listed below, ask at the Reference Desk (first floor) or the Periodicals Desk (second floor). You may also call the Reference Desk at 651-2215 during the hours Cornette Library is open or use our Ask a Librarian service.

All of our online resources are available from off-campus as well as in the library. You will be asked to login: use your Buff Advisor username (for example, js123456) and your Buff Advisor password (for example, buffaloes).

While most of our online resources include the full-text of the journal articles they index, some only include citations. To find the full-text of an article when you only have the citation, browse our list of online journals and search Cornette Library's online catalog by journal title to determine if the issue you need is available in the Library's Periodicals collection. Journals are shelved alphabetically by title in the bound, microfilm, microfiche, or current periodicals areas on the Library's second floor. If the Library does not have the journal issue you need, you can request the article through Interlibrary Loan.

Subject Related Databases

SPORTDiscus - sport related topics
MEDLINE (Ebsco) - medicine
Medline (PubMed) - medicine
CINAHL - nursing & allied health
ScienceDirect - life sciences
Nursing Collection - nursing
PsycINFO - psychology, psychiatry, sociology
Physical Education Index - in print only

Multidisciplinary Databases

Academic Search Complete
Wiley Online Library
Electronic Collections Online
LexisNexis Academic


Government Documents

Cornette Library collects United States federal and Texas state documents on many topics. Most United States government documents published since 1994 are listed in the Cornette Library's online catalog. To find older documents, you will need to use the Monthly Catalog of United States Government Publications.

Finding Government Documents
Overview of how to find government documents in the Cornette Library.
Monthly Catalog of United States Government Publications
Indexes all United States government documents made available through the Government Printing Office. Includes all types of U.S. government documents, including Congressional reports, hearings, debates, and records; judiciary materials; and documents issued by executive departments (Defense, State, Labor, Office of the President, etc.). Dates available include:
National Institutes of Health
Provides links to various research institutes including the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).
Provides health information from the National Library of Medicine.


World Wide Web

The Web can be a useful source for finding primary sources and scholarly information as many libraries, archives, museums, and individual researchers have put digitized (scanned) images on their Web sites. You will also find secondary sources that can lead you to additional primary sources.


Web Guides

Mailing/Discussion Lists

Check these sites for mailing/discussion lists where you can correspond with scholars and students researching history topics.


Citing Your Sources

Why must I cite the sources I use for research projects?

APA Style

A copy of the 5th and 6th editions of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association is kept at the Reference Desk. Additional assistance with citing electronic publications is available from the APA online site, which is accessible from Cornette Library's Citation Basics page.


Your Comments

There's always room for improvement!

If you have suggestions for improvements or would like to comment on something you found especially useful about this course guide, please email Linda Chenoweth. Your comments and suggestions are appreciated.